Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot [...]

Shopping steady on Black Friday

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By Liliana Castillo and Mickey Winfield

Best gifts given aren’t bought at Black Friday

Freedom New Mexico It’s Black Friday; do you know where your Christmas shoppers are at? Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is when the holiday shopping season moves into high gear. Today has become known as Black Friday because it’s when many American retailers start to tip over from “red” deficit spending to keep their doors [...]

Election generates discussion, early votes

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer The fact that the nation will either elect the first black president or first woman vice president makes today’s presidential election historic. However, only time will determine if the election will be pivotal, according to Donald Elder, professor of history at Eastern New Mexico University. Elder said the policies [...]

Clovis animal shelter closes black cat adoptions

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Black cats in Clovis get a holiday, too. Animal Control Supervisor Louisa Maestas said black cats are not available for adoption until Monday, after Halloween has passed. The intention is to protect them from abuse in connection with Halloween, Maestas said. Interest in black cats perks up around Halloween, [...]

Eastern New Mexico has its share of poisonous creatures

Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico At least five insects and reptiles in eastern New Mexico that are poisonous to humans, according to a retired Eastern New Mexico University biology professor and wildlife author. They include the brown recluse and black widow spiders and three types of rattlesnake; the prairie, diamondback and Massasauga, Antonio “Tony” Gennaro [...]

Little black prom dress priceless

By Helena Rodriguez I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita goes to [...]

Democrats delve into racial politics instead of unity

Editorial Barack Obama breezed onto the scene as one of the most articulate, seemingly reasonable and impassioned men to run for president since Ronald Reagan. He happens to be black. Imagine what a uniting black president could do for race relations and the status of American blacks. Black Americans have come a long way toward [...]

Race, gender loom in politics

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor A professor of political science told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women this week that this year’s presidential election would be historic because it will gauge the country’s ability to deal with gender and race in a political campaign. Sue Strickler, professor of political science at Eastern New Mexico University [...]

Identifying with candidates essential

By Baxter Black Parents Magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best babysitter. It’s something I’ve always pondered when I look at Andrew Jackson or Kinky Friedman — the relationship between getting unruly third graders to bed on time and getting the House of Representatives to pass your legislation [...]